The 9 Best 3D Printing Pens

Updated March 15, 2018 by Sheila O'Neill

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We spent 40 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. If your creative or artistic talents are too big to be confined to just two dimensions, try letting your imagination run wild with one of these high tech 3D printing pens. They are available in a variety of models priced from anywhere to suit beginners and children through to those who take their art a bit more seriously. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best 3d printing pen on Amazon.

9. Scribbler V3

The Scribbler V3 makes 3D art easy with its lightweight and easy to manage stylus. Its feed button is well-placed for right-handed users and it allows you to adjust the speed, giving you complete control over all details of your project.
  • relatively large oled screen
  • extruded filaments cool instantly
  • gets clogged easily
Brand Scribbler 3D Pen
Weight 1.6 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

8. SketchPro Kit

The SketchPro Kit comes with everything you need to start creating three-dimensional works of art, including the pen, of course, and several colors of filament. You'll also get an e-book that features dozens of stencils to help you create various projects.
  • automatic shutoff
  • quick cleaning function
  • no indicator light
Brand SketchPro
Model pending
Weight 16 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

7. 3Doodler Start

If you're looking for a safe option for a younger child, the 3Doodler Start is worth considering. All of its heating elements are completely contained, so there's no risk of getting burned. It's also designed to be easy to grip and features extremely simple controls.
  • uses nontoxic materials
  • can operate wirelessly
  • only works with proprietary filament
Brand 3Doodler
Model 3DS-AMAZ-E
Weight 11.2 ounces
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

6. AdroitOne V4

Whether taking an art class at school or just doodling for fun, the AdroitOne V4 will make your creations come to life. It is powered by a USB port, so taking it on the go is as easy as plugging it into your laptop and loading some filament.
  • high quality alphanumeric display
  • easy to adjust filament temperature
  • replaceable ceramic nozzle
Brand AdroitOne Intelligently
Model Adr-3D-Blue-P-Mdl
Weight 11.2 ounces
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

5. AIO Robotics Premium

The slim design of the AIO Robotics Premium is easy to grip for a comfortable creative experience. Its bright screen displays your speed setting as well as the temperature, which can be adjusted in one-degree increments for maximum control.
  • heats up quickly
  • five different printing speeds
  • only works with pla plastic
Brand AIO Robotics
Model PR1002
Weight 13.6 ounces
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

4. Soyan Standard

The Soyan Standard is lightweight and has a slim design that makes it easy to hold onto during long drawing sessions. It comes with a low price, which makes it an attractive choice for kids and beginners, and the tip rarely gets clogged.
  • directions are straightforward
  • well-placed control buttons
  • durable and stable
Brand Soyan
Model PR006
Weight 12 ounces
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

3. Mynt3D Professional

The Mynt3D Professional features an OLED display that allows you to easily monitor the temperature of your filament, making it easy to achieve a variety of effects. Its adjustable feed rate gives you the precision needed for complex designs.
  • 1 degree temperature adjustments
  • includes 3 colors of abs plastic
  • doesn't require proprietary filament
Brand MYNT3D
Model pending
Weight 16 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Tecboss M1

Adults and kids alike can enjoy the Tecboss M1. Its simple one-button design is easy to use and it features technology that constantly regulates both temperature and speed, giving you the control and consistency you need to create your works of art.
  • available in 3 colors
  • works with pla and pcl materials
  • two power modes
Brand Tecboss
Model pending
Weight 0.8 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. 3Doodler Create

The 3Doodler Create can draw either vertically or horizontally to make stunning creations. This redesigned version has an improved drive system for a quieter and smoother operation, and intuitive controls that make it even easier to use.
  • can use a wide range of plastics
  • heats up in less than 90 seconds
  • includes a quick fix guide
Brand 3Doodler
Weight 16 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

The Manufacturing Power Of Cheese

Two of the absolute truths by which I live my life are as follows: I love Paris, and I cannot draw. As a romantic gesture, I attempted to draw a picture of a girl I was dating some years ago, and when she saw it she refused to speak to me for three days. I'm that bad.

Back when 3D printing pens first hit the market, I was immensely skeptical of my ability to manipulate one without embarrassing myself. Imagine if I had made a 3D rendering of this nice girl. She might have killed me.

But I picked up the 3Doodler at a friend's house and was instantly in love. Something about it was actually easier for me than simply drawing on paper, so I had to investigate the mechanics of the device to quench my curiosity.

To understand how a 3D printing pen operates, it helps to know something about ABS plastic. ABS stands for Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene. I'll give you a minute to sound that one out.

Got it? Okay. The thing that makes ABS plastic so special is that it's incredibly inexpensive and it has a glass transition temperature of about 221˚F, which means that if you raise its temperature any higher than that, the material attains the consistency of melted cheese.

Here's a good one: How did the hipster burn the roof of his mouth? He ate his pizza before it was cool.

Unlike melted cheese, which takes a good long while to cool down, ABS, especially in the thin strands emitted by 3D printing pens, cools very quickly, stabilizing as soon as the strand of plastic drops back below its glass transition temperature.

Between moments of melting and cooling, a 3D printing pen pushes the material slowly outward like a glue gun guiding and melting glue toward a thin metal tip that operates as a pen tip would on paper. Within the span of about one second, the emitted ABS cools and hardens, forming your three-dimensional shape.

Printing From A Creative Spark

I know what I like in a pen. I like a retractable ball point with a metal body and as few plastic elements as possible. I don't do gel-based inks because I never pick my hand up enough from letter to letter when I'm writing, and gel inks leave too much of a trail behind if you don't have proper technique. I prefer blue ink and a fine point.

This is the level of self-knowledge you ought to have when evaluating your choice of 3D printing pens. If you get a chance to operate one or more of the pens on our list, you definitely should. At the very least, try to get your hands on one of the 3D printing pens with a long range of available temperature settings, so you can get a feel for the temperature range and filament speeds that best suit your drawing style.

If you're just getting started with 3D printing, it would also be a boon to your skills to invest in a pen that comes with a good number schematics with which you can practice. These can be anything from building outlines to letter and number stencils, and as you use them, you'll find that it's relatively easy to make your own.

More advanced consumers should look for a 3D printing pen that works with multiple plastics, so you aren't limited to just ABS, and you can expand the scope of your creativity across platforms and into the depths of your imagination.

From Corporate Research To Consumer Recreation: The Path Of The 3D Printer

Now, I mentioned Paris a moment ago. That's because I love Paris, but you may have noticed that almost every purveyor of 3D printing pens has it in their heads that their customers all want to make a 3D replica of the Eiffel Tower. Maybe they're big Minecraft players.

I get it: the interwoven beams ascending toward a complex and thought-provoking spire seem difficult to recreate, and yet each of these pens can do it. In fact, as you look to the breakdowns and advertising copy of each of these 3D pen brands, you'll see more recognizable shapes–bugs, words, people, etc.–than anything else, which is sad.

What I encourage anyone looking into their first 3D printing pen to consider is that these devices sprung from the advent of the 3D printer in the early 1980s. Those initial 3D printers used photo-hardening polymers that required more time to set than the advanced ABS plastics used in today's models, but the concept and the intention were more or less the same: To make never-before-seen stuff.

In the 30 years hence, most 3D printing took place in R&D departments where prototypes could be mapped out and tested for viability before ordering large production runs. This saved companies untoward amounts of money in potentially immature design concepts through which they could now weed to their hearts' content at little to no cost.

More recently, as 3D printers and their plastic molding materials have become more ubiquitous and less expensive, it has become a common practice among small businesses to create products for sale directly from one or more 3D printers, until they grow large enough in size to justify expanding to professional manufacture.

The 3Doodler was not far behind, and in 2013, a Kickstarter campaign by WobbleWorks funded the shipment of the earliest 3D printing pens.

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Last updated on March 15, 2018 by Sheila O'Neill

Sheila is a writer, cosplayer, and juggler who lives in Southern California. She loves sitting down with a hot cup of tea and coming up with new ideas. In her spare time, Sheila enjoys drawing, listening to podcasts, and describing herself in the third person.

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